In Memory

Craig Sudbury

Frederick Craig Sudbury, 68, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Craig was born on April 9, 1947 in SLC, UT to Frederick Charles and Pearl Snarr Sudbury. Craig graduated from the University of Utah with his Doctorate degree in Education. He was passionate about learning and was a gifted speaker, teacher, and trainer. He started his career in the public schools as a middle school English teacher, then vice principal, and went on to teach Educational Administration for both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. In 1981, Craig became the Manager of Academic Programs for Clearfield Job Corps Center and went on to serve as the Center Director. In 1989, he was promoted to Vice President for Management and Training Corporation (MTC) where he worked until the present. He loved his job and the opportunity to work with so many talented and dear friends from around the country. He felt his career truly made a difference in the world. He married LeeAnn Behunin Sudbury, the love of his life, in the Salt Lake Temple on December 3, 1971. They enjoyed forty-three years of marriage. Although he excelled in his career and every area of his life, nothing was as important to him as his success as a dad and a husband. His devotion to his family and his selfless love for each member, individually, was felt and cherished.

Craig was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving his whole life as a memorable teacher and leader. He served as Bishop of the Princeton Ward, in the Stake Presidency, and later the Stake President of the Salt Lake Park Stake, for a combined period of almost 30 years, including 12 years as Stake President. He later became Stake Patriarch for the Salt Lake Park Stake and then for the Salt Lake Pioneer Young Single Adult Stake. He loved the people he served and felt it was a blessing in his life. Countless lives were changed and blessed by his loving service.

Craig is survived by his wife, LeeAnn, his five children, and their spouses, Melanie and Timothy Dance, SalleeAnn and Matthew Miller, Noella Sudbury and Clifford Rosky, JuleeAnn and Christopher Stocking, and Curtis Sudbury, and his grandchildren, Zoë, Ryan, Hope, Hannah, Samuel, Abigail, Isabella, and Evelyn. He is also survived by a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Pearl Sudbury and his parents-in-law, Harold and Velda Behunin.

Craig was known for his unmatched sense of humor, his generosity, his charisma, his unfailing kindness, and his love. He believed in the worth of every soul and was well known for reciting, "The Touch of the Master's Hand," his favorite poem. At this sacred time, we cherish the memories of the masterful ways he lived his life-- and how his hands and heart forever touched all who knew him.

Memorial services will be held at the Salt Lake University of Utah Institute of Religion, (East Side), 1780 E. South Campus Dr. in SLC, UT, on Sat., May 16, 2015, at 12:00 noon. Friends and family may gather prior to the memorial service from 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at the same location. Memorial services will be under the direction of Russon Brothers of Salt Lake. Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 10, 2015 

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05/10/15 07:46 PM #1    

Steve Smith

I am really saddened by the passing of Craig, I grew up (9th grade on) in the other ward (LeGrand) in the building he grew up in and was Bishop. He was also Stake President in Park Stake which of course was my stake where we had exciting times, with road shows and other memorable experiences. I was looking foward to discussing those times and the past 50 years after East. I know he is in a better place, however, I am sure his family misses him a great deal and although we all know that things only get better after death, it is difficult to accept when it comes so suddenly.

We never know when we will be called home, weather it is by illness, an accident, or by anothers hand, the end is the same; we will be welcomed by family and our Father and Elder Brother as we leave mortality. May the hand of the Lord be with Craigs family as they morn his loss; they can be confident that he is being looked after from so many family members on the other side.

RIP my friend.

05/10/15 08:22 PM #2    

John Lauber

Thanks for 60 + years of friendship.  We grew up together in the best of times and experienced so much in the same ward and schools.  You always set a great example and you will be missed. Losing two friends in one week really brings things to the front and we realize that each day we are given is a blessing.  I was looking forward to talking and laughing about that life with you. to Leeann and your family, I send my love and prayers. Thanks for being my triend

05/11/15 11:09 AM #3    

Kristin Schoenhals (Winterton)

I remember Craig as a very smart guy, a real brainiac, you might say. I had some classes with him and he always seemed to be at the head of the class. He was fun too, not serious all the time. Reading his obit, I'd say he lived a very full and productive life and gave of himself in many ways. May his wife and family be comforted.


05/11/15 01:56 PM #4    

Bonnie Jo Straley (Hooper)

I knew Craig in Junior High and of course at East.
He was not only very intelligent but also a truly kind fellow.
I'll miss seeing him this fall.
Sending a long distance hug to his family.

05/11/15 03:33 PM #5    

Richard Baese

I met Craig for the first time in Sunday School at the Princeton Ward at it's old location on 9th East when we were very young boys.  Craig lived down the street around the corner from my house on Laird Avenue.  We also shared some of the same classes at Emerson Elementary School.  You could easily tell at a young age that Craig was a very intelligent and gifted individual.  He was always a level or two ahead of everyone else while growing up when it came to smarts.  When asked who was the smartest person I ever met I would always say Craig Sudbury. (Until I met my father-in-law.)  Craig was not into sports, however in our earlier teens Craig and I played tackle football a lot on the front lawn of the old Princeton Ward location near his home.  Craig could take a hard tackle and give one while not being afraid to go after a pass and ending up in the thick rose bushes several times.  Craig was fun to be with and always had that smile on his face.  I never saw Craig after high school again until I was managing a Zions Bank branch that he and his wife banked at.    I was really looking forward to seeing him at the re-union.  I am glad that I was able to have a good discussion with him at my branch around the time I was retiring four years ago.

05/11/15 04:12 PM #6    

Brent Johnson

I knew Craig from 5th grade on through high school.  In elementary school (Emerson Elementary), we conspired together to break every rule that was ever made for us.  Just like all of you, I remember Craig as the class genius (far above everyone else in intelligence), but I will also remember him as my sidekick in crime.  What fun we had together before we went our separate ways for the most part when we started at East.  I am happy that he had such a successful and rewarding life. 

05/12/15 12:12 PM #7    

Gordon Flitton

Craig Sudbury was a brilliant friend who was equally kind and generous with his time. I remember him well in elementary through high school. Many wonderful people graduated from East High.

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